Category Archives: Shoes + Accessories

We heart Simply Stylist!

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending Simply Stylist in Chicago.  It was such an inspiring place to be, full of positive energy, making connections, and a lot of style.  The panel of women we got to listen to were a great mix – from Stephanie Mark, co-founder of the Coveteur to Anne Finch, founder of Katherine Cosmetics and then Wendy from Wendy’s Lookbook.  All of this was hosted by the beautiful Catt Sadler from E News – so great to listen to and see her in person!

I came away from the weekend full of ideas and thoughts for the blog and our business, thanks Simply Stylist!

Scroll down through to the end of this post to see what other amazing style and beauty bloggers I met, loved, and of course instantly had to follow (on Instagram).

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Without really thinking about it, I accidentally put together an entire look by Rag & Bone. Shop my look below.

Simply Stylist Chicago Panel L-R: Wendy Nguyen, Stephanie Marks, Ally Cooke, Anne Finch, and Catt Sadler

Chicago Style Spy Jen hanging out at the Katherine Cosmetics display.

Getting a little silly with the makeup!

Once again hamming it up for the camera.

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Style Spy Jen (http://actuallyjustjennie.com) & I working the rooftop bar at the Dana Hotel.

 

Simply Stylist Blogger Love:

Wendy’s Lookbook - panelist and blogger/youtube extraordinaire @wendyslookbook

Naturally Creole - I had the pleasure of sitting with Deanna at brunch, she is naturally gorgeous of course but also so down to earth and personable. And she was there with her sister, who was equally beautiful.  Deanna, I am so glad to have met you and come across your blog!  You are super talented.  @naturallycreole

Sunflowers and Lace – This is a Chicago based blog run by two adorable sisters.  Loved them, their style, and their sunny personalities.  I can’t wait to collaborate with these gals!  @sunflowersandlaceblog

Fashionaholic – Though I didn’t get to chat with Janet from Fashion-A-Holic too long, I love that she’s not only a Chicago fashion blogger but also a wife and mother like myself!  My kind of gal, with some serious style.  @fashionholik

Tiff + Jen – Sisters, Moms, and co-owners of a jewelry line I love, T&J Designs.  You must check out their designs, I have a few pieces and they’re always compliment worthy.

 

 

The Never Ending List

Does anyone else feel like, when it rains it pours?

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, Back to School is coming, Birthdays, Summer Vacations  … the list goes on!

There are so many things that I need want – so I keep them on my ‘watch list’ – Some are not so fun … some are YUMMY!

For my little baby girl who is about to turn FIVE (I tear up as I am writing this) – she is needing a room makeover and a few other essentials.

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For my amazing husband who never gets ANYTHING! (that’s what happens in a house full of girls!).

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For the never-ending house projects that keep moving down the list (new shoes seem to trim a light fixture over here!).

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And last but not least … S.C.H.O.O.L. (I hate to even use that word as we LOVE summer).

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And so it goes!!

I am sure there are many things I am leaving off (my list may take too long) – but this is the current ‘must haves’ for the time being!

One day and one purchase at a time – the list goes on.

Nordstrom Sale is ON!

It’s THAT time of year!

Starting today, the Nordstrom Anniversary sale is ON!  Start shopping now to get those fall trends at a discount.  From July 18th until August 3rd, you can stop in-store and on-line for all NEW PRE-FALL/FALL items … E.X.C.I.T.E.D is what we call it!

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From Frye Bags to Nike workout pants – that is just scratching the surface.  We told you about last about some kid’s sale so here on some for us ladies!

Need a jumpstart? Here you go:

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Hope to see you there! #NSale

Kiddie Style on SALE

Summer is still here but summer sales are here TOO!

We (like every other mom out there) love to shop for our kiddos just as much as do for ourselves.  There is nothing sweeter than finding that favorite piece on sale for your little one.  All of the best stores are having their major summer sales … and it only gets better from here! So stock up on those swimsuits for next season and those steals that you can’t pass up – you’ll be glad you did, we promise!

Here are some of my favorite finds so far …

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And as for SALE shoes…

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Happy SALE shopping!

To shop these looks and more, see below …

Summer Dress – All Laced Up as a Wedding Guest

I LOVE dresses.

They are easy, comfortable and stylish – they keep you cool and they are perfect for every occasion.  Whether it be a casual get together with friends or a to attend a wedding, they are a staple for everyone in the summer.

Many of you know we had a big wedding recently and this was one of the dresses I picked out for the weekend.

Lace is big trend this summer and this dress (on sale now!) was the perfect match for me (AND it’s racerback, another plus in my book!)!

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I found gold and silver tone shoes that not only were perfect for this dress but I have worn with many others! (I don’t have to worry if I am wearing gold or silver jewels, they match both!)

And these, are almost the same and ONLY $14!!! Yes, I said $14 … that is a STEAL!

Paired with LOTS (more is more!) of jewels and this was the perfect dress for the perfect wedding!

Between Gorjana and Mindy Mae’s Market, our jewels were complete!

I am always on the hunt for more dresses (Nordstrom sale, anyone?) … stay tuned!

 

Photos by Ashley Beatrice

summer, summer, summertime!

Right, right……..does anyone get the Will Smith song reference?  Hope so.  Actually that’s one of my favorite songs.  But….I digress.

Summertime is always busy, for everyone. There’s so much to do – concerts, parties, get togethers, celebrations, it never ends!  But, in Chicago, our summertime is that much sweeter because we have such a short time to enjoy it.  I thought I’d give you a sneak peek into what we’ve been up to this summer so far…….(and it mostly involves my kids of course!).

at a Pat McGee band concert down at City Winery in Chicago, with some great friends of ours visiting from Madison. Such a treat. Shop my outfit below.

Our very first trip to the American Girl store on Michigan Avenue. She couldn’t have been happier!

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Summertime gymnastics. This is the pose I get when I ask her to smile. Already the drama. Not yet 4!

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My girl (on the right in the maxi skirt of course) strolling with her sweet cousin. Holding hands couldn’t be cuter!

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And here she is (again) with my handsome man at my son’s final soccer game of the season. Still little enough to sit on Daddy’s shoulder like that!

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Here’s my big boy (6!) on his last day of Kindergarten. The year flew by and he grew up in so many ways. Sigh.

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Whoops – another one of the sassy lady wearing my Tom Fords and a Matilda Jane top. At least she has good taste, right?

My friend Katey and I at what will be my last Ravinia show for some time (more on that later). John Legend was amazing, and it was a good time with great friends. Shop my outfit below. I can’t wait to wear this dress again.

 

 

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And here is my other ‘baby’ my new LV Pallas. It was my gift for…..my birthday, Mother’s day, and any other reason I might receive a gift for the next 5 years. Ha! I was attending a Reward Style School Night downtown and got to meet many other amazing Chitown bloggers!

Writing a note to Maurices (RS School Night sponsor) and RS for a great night, then Instagramming it of course! Follow me: @molliestylespies and follow Erin: @erinstylespies

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Today – incidentally – this gal is 4. I can’t believe it’s been 4 years. Maybe it’s because I haven’t slept in 4 years. Either way, she’s a keeper. Dress by Joah Love.

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And all I have to say here is this: look out ladies. He’s handsome AND sensitive. And happily plays ‘house’ with his sister. Boom.

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Finally – these two. My hubby and I have really taken a backseat to golf since they came into our lives, and we’re itching to get back into the game! So we brought them to the driving range and they actually really enjoyed watching us hit balls! And now – one of them is in lessons! Amazing how that works.

Loree’s Closet + Voyeur by Vex

 A couple of weeks ago we had the opportunity to attend a unique shopping event at Loree’s Closet, right here in Highland Park, IL.  For those of you who don’t know Loree’s Closet, it’s a fabulous little Ebay shop that sells the best designer hand me downs.  From Chanel to Louis Vuitton, and on down to Rebecca Taylor and then even Lululemon, you can find just about anything at Loree’s Closet.

This particular shopping event at Loree’s was more about showcasing the latest from designer Laura Pulice.  Laura has recently been designing for Lady Gaga – seriously!  Pretty amazing.  This particular line is called Voyeur by Vex, and is sister to Vex Clothing, Inc.  Laura was also the runner up on Rhianna’s Styled to Rock on Bravo.  We were thrilled to meet her and get up close and personal with her collection.

Chanel, Gucci, Chloe – oh my!

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I was obsessing over the McQueen off white zipper clutch. (bottom right)

Clear Chanel flats? Yes please.

Vex Clothing pieces on the mannequins – gorgeous.

Latex tassles everywhere. Attach one to your handbag, your pendant necklace, or sport the earrings. So different and so chic.

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Jen was hyperventilating over this clutch.

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And it totally does work with her outfit.

The white latex tassle necklace would be perfect with your black romper this summer.

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Style Spies & Actually Just Jennie love Voyeur by Vex!

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Weekend Getaways and a Maxi Dress

A weekend getaway. Love getting away, hate trying to decide what to bring!

We visited Wimberley, TX this past weekend with two of of our favorite families for a little trip out of the city.

We lounged in the water by day and laughed out loud until the wee hours of the night. It was the perfect trip to make a perfect weekend.

And my perfect maxi?

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A crochet, tie-dye from Forever 21.  It is sold out but similar here, here and hereStar Mela ClutchSandals, Ray-Bans.

Here is a quick peek into our river weekend …

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Hubby’s Hat, Glasses.  Erin’s Swim Top, Hat, Glasses

Em’s Romper (similar), K’s Dress

Cheers to a FABULOUS red, white and blue week!

 

A Style Spies Video Short – How to Glam up your T-shirt and Jeans

Over the past couple of months, I have had the absolute pleasure of working with Katy Nielsen of Make it Better magazine to produce a couple of video shorts.  We based the videos off of freelance articles that I wrote for the magazine, and they turned out amazing.  I was {of course} super worried about how I was going to do on camera, but after I got rolling, it was so much fun!

I am thrilled to share these videos with you today.

The first one is all about how to glam up your tee shirt and jeans by using a mix of costume and fine jewelry.  Bottom line:  you should never be afraid to mix it up on a daily basis – it can be the key to standing out in a subtle way.

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The second video is one everyone should watch – taking your maxi dress from day to night.  Maxi dresses can work on EVERY body type, you just have to find the right one.  It’ll be your go-to this summer!

How to take your Maxi dress from Day to Night

A book of outfits……..

A lot of people ask – what ‘exactly’ do we do at Style Spies?  Or another question is typically ‘what is the job of a stylist/personal shopper?’  Well – we do A LOT of things. We wear a lot of different hats (figuratively AND literally, ha!).  But one thing that many of our clients have us do is make them a book of outfits.

We’ll assemble outfits in their closet – down to the shoes and jewelry – and take pictures of them.  Then, we’ll put together a mini photo book for the client to keep in her closet.  So, when she has an event, or just an everyday occasion, she can flip through her book and find just the right thing.  And not have to mull over the whole thing and think about it too hard.  Easy and fun, right?!  Right!

Here are a few outfits I’ve recently put together for clients……maybe something will inspire you for your weekend wear!  Happy Friday!

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